It’s been three months since we’ve all renewed our annual New Year’s Resolution to get fit and eat well. How’s your #NewYearNewYou doing?
The latest program, Whole30, has caught the attention of many, providing ample options for consumers to adjust their diet. The Whole30 program was created to help individuals cut out foods that may cause inflammation, such as dairy, grains, beans, and any foods with added sugars. It’s not a weight-loss program, although many have started the program with that intention. Consumers can still eat meat, seafood, veggies, and smaller amounts of fruit, oils, and nuts.
Many who go through the 30-day program have reported feeling less bloated and more energetic. A slow reintroduction process is recommended for those who want to reintroduce dairy or grains back into their diet after 30 days. Even with the success and popularity of the Whole30 program, US News & World Report ranked Whole30 at the bottom of its list of 38 diets, due to its short-term approach and restrictive nature. Highest rated diets encourage consumers to eat less red meat and to develop healthy habits. The DASH Diet, Mediterranean Diet, and MIND Diet all target heart and brain health, recommending more fish and leafy green intake.
Diet plays a significant role in wellness, but as consumers continue to pursue holistic health and wellness, mindfulness about the foods we consume and listening to our bodies have become just as important. Those who seek healthy programs care greatly about their wellness and want to feel empowered to take control of their health. A program that helps an individual do that is likely to succeed well past the first few months of a new year’s resolution!